The first iteration of Generator’s Artist Producer Training (APT) initiative was conducted between October 2015 and April 2016.
The goal of APT is to have its graduates “create and implement projects and budgets that have the goal of paying a better wage to artists, gain skills to sustain a career in the arts, and improve the overall health of the theatre ecology”.
APT involved some regular classroom-style learning in the Generator offices, led by professionals working in the Toronto theatre community.
Often these professionals were independent producers themselves, including staff of Generator’s Resident Companies; sometimes the discussions were led by others including funders and art critics.
APT participants studied and practiced within a wide range of subjects. For example, the following is the list of the focus for the third and final stage of classes (March-April 2016):
- Cultural Diversity – Marjorie Chan (Cahoots Theatre)
- Corporate Sponsorship – Alicia Rose (Framework)
- Community Engagement – Brendan Howlett & Kaitlyn Riordan (Shakespeare in the Ruff)
- Artistic Producing — Aislinn Rose (Theatre Centre)
- Touring — Jeremy Smith (Driftwood Theatre) & Charles Ketchabaw (Fixt Point Theatre)
- Production Management — Pip Bradford
- Creativity within Constraints — Matthew Thomas Walker (Litmus Theatre)
- Producing Model Case Study: The Riser Project Dead Roads and The Archivist – Owais Lightwala & Ravi Jain (Why Not Theatre)
APT is much more than a set of workshops, though. Participants were required to practice their developing skills and showcase their knowledge throughout the process: there were in-class exercises for most subjects, assignments related to planned productions, and participatory quizzes and capstone projects at the end of each stage to allow for a synthesis of the learning.
There were also field visits, to learn more about the practice of theatre producing from a different perspective.
Participants were also afforded hands-on learning opportunities during placements with theatre companies.
Participants in this first iteration of the program discussed their experiences in a video (produced by Generator):
Current information about the Artist Producer Training initiative at Generator can be found at http://generatorto.com/#/artistproducer-training-program/